2012 Mount Trio Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Great Southern

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Mount Trio was named one of James Halliday's Top 10 'Dark Horses' of up and coming wineries for 2014. This small family estate owned and managed by veteran winemaker Gavin Berry and his wife. Together they make wines from their own lovingly hand-tended twenty acres in the Porongurup subregion of the Great Southern of Western Australia. This is just an exceptional value Cabernet of a quality that is hard (if not impossible) to beat from anywhere in the world at this price point! Lots of generous rich fruit but with some structure and real "Cabernet character" giving balance and focus to the generosity of the fruit.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2014 | Send Email
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So if you like plummy, thick and heavy Cabs you won't like this wine; I really like this wine. It is truly an exceptional value at the price. However, its flavor profile is more towards Bordeaux, or cooler Sonoma than Napa. It has wonderful balance but a richly textured palate presence, long lasting finish, really good wine, it seems mis-priced it should be more expensive...take advantage!
Drink from 2014 to 2018

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
Flat out...this is killer Cabernet Sauvignon for $12. Yes, it says Cabernet-Merlot, but it's 94% Cabernet and a 100% value. The nose shows cassis, black cherry, dark plum, minerals, a hint of sage cedar, violets and earth. There is a surprising supple fine tannin structure for a wine at this price point that is seamlessly integrated and leads to a long finish.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2014 | Send Email
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Wow, seriously $11.99! One of the best value Cabs I have tasted from anywhere...ever! From a small family estate in Porongurup (a region that is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting cool climate areas in Australia). Dense, concentrated dark fruits, sweet spices, chocolate hints and pipe tobacco. Broad and fleshy on the palate with excellent power and definition. Ripe tannins that are soft and silky, fresh acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. Really exceptional value for big cab drinkers. Would be a great deal at $20 so at this price it's a steal!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018

Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2014 | Send Email
Attention Cab lovers! This wine is loaded with ripe purple fruit, mint, eucalyptus and spice with well integrated tannins. All this equates to a great value wine! Whether you are looking to keep a delicious everyday drinking wine around the house, or to buy for a party (hello wedding wine!), I highly recommend stocking up on this gem.

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
All the typical delicious fruit you'd expect from a great Cab blend, and a dash of mint. The fruit lingers on to the finish and ends with lively spice. A ridiculous value.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
Please ignore the word "Merlot" on the label--this is 94% Cab and tastes like it! This Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Trio is the best deal in ripe, curranty wine in the store, and folks looking for a good value in this variety should by a case right away! While it has plenty of ripe fruit, it isn't jammy or overwrought... It will have you coming back for more.
Top Value!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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